In March, the NHL announced a seven-year television, streaming and media rights deal with The Walt Disney Company and ESPN, which will showcase regular season and playoff NHL games on ABC, ESPN, ESPN+ and Hulu.
ESPN announced their talented and diverse play-by-play announcers, analysts and reporters who will cover the action beginning in the fall of the 2021-22 season.
Blake Bolden, who currently serves as a Scout and Growth and Inclusion Specialist for the LA Kings, joins Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski as reporters. Though she is new to ESPN, Bolden has been sharing her knowledge and diversifying the game of hockey on NHL Network, NBC Sports and Rogers SportsNet.
"This new and groundbreaking lineup will bring the NHL to an expanding legion of passionate fans," said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman of ESPN and Sports Content said to ESPN Press Room.
"We set out to put together a roster that would excite, engage and educate the entire range of fans - from diehard to casual - while inspiring the next generation. With this lineup, we believe we have done just that. We could not be more excited to welcome this talented and diverse group to the ESPN hockey family."
ESPN's broad talent pool also includes play-by-play commentary led by Sean McDonough, with Steve Levy, John Buccigross, Bob Wischusen and Leah Hextall adding their voices.
The analyst team is made up of an impressive alumni group, with a collective nine Stanley Cups, 10 Olympic medals and three collegiate national championships. The analysts include Mark Messier, Chris Chelios, Ray Ferraro, Brian Boucher, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Kevin Weekes, Ryan Callahan, A.J. Mleczko, Rick DiPietro, Hilary Knight, and Barry Melrose.
ESPN Deportes' Kenneth Garay and Eitán Benezra while handle play-by-play commentary with Carlos Rossell and Antonio Valle contributing analysis and color commentary for NHL games on ESPN Deportes.